nShield HSMs by Thales e-Security

Thales e-security

SSL247® introduces you to nShield HSMs – a family of hardware security modules (HSMs) from Thales e-Security, the leading global provider of data protection solutions.

nShield HSMs can protect the cryptographic operations and data of enterprise applications, providing a certified, hardened tamper-resistant environment for performing secure cryptographic processing and key applications that require a higher level of trust.

Use Cases

PKI Deployments

  • Root key management
  • Secure certificate issuance
  • Individual and device identity management

Data protection

  • SSL/TLS generation
  • Database encryption
  • Application level encryption
  • Point-to-point encryption
  • Tokenization

Public Key Applications

  • Code signing
  • PDF signing
  • Device authentication
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • SSL/TLS certificate generation


nShield HSMs come in three type of factors and performance levels:

  • A network-attached appliance for high-performance data centre environments - nShield Connect
  • A PCI server-embedded card for high-volume applications - nShield Solo
  • A USB-connected model for portable, low-volume and developer applications - nShield Edge



HSM may be useful if:

  • You are standing up or refreshing a public key infrastructure (PKI)
  • Your organisation is required to follow data privacy regulations
  • You are currently protecting critical applications using software-based cryptography and have need for stronger controls


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